Scale the heights of Teide National Park
Visible throughout the island, Mount Teide is the highest point in Spain and one of the biggest volcano craters in the world. You can approach its otherworldly landscape and dizzying heights by cable car or by a six-hour trek (for the hardy only). To peer right into its molten core, however, you need to get a permit from the national park office in nearby Orotava.
Shore excursion: Mount Teide National Park; Mount Teide Cable Car.
Get your cultural fix at La Laguna
The historic capital of the Canary Islands, La Laguna in the north of the island is a university town with a UNESCO World Heritage Site at its centre, offering an array of Renaissance architecture and ancient churches alongside a buzzing social scene.
Shore excursion: Mount Teide National Park
Frolic on black-sand beaches
One of Tenerife’s most distinctive features is its volcanic, black sand. Only accessible by a narrow footpath, secluded Playa Bollullo is well worth the effort to get to, while the more tourist-orientated resort Playa de la Arena on the southern coast has Blue Flag status.
Go wild at Siam Park and Loro Parque
Kids will love the thrilling water slides and simulated rapids of the spectacular Thai-themed Siam Park. Meanwhile, Loro Parque is more animal-focused, featuring the world’s largest collection of parrots and a massive aquarium with dolphins, orcas and sea lions.
Shore excursion: The Water Kingdom; Loro Parque
Plunge into Garachio’s rock pools
The dramatic volcanic eruption in 1706 that buried Garachio – then Tenerife’s most important and prosperous town – also had the effect of creating an unusual landscape of rock pools and sheltered bays where warm waters provide perfect spot for diving and swimming.
Feast on the day’s catch at Los Abrigos
The charming and colourful fishing village of Los Abrigos offers a selection of dockside restaurants where you can pick from the day’s catch and enjoy the views over the deep blue ocean. El Mirador de Los Abrigos is particularly sought after for its terrace tables.
Explore Tenerife’s hidden labyrinth
Enjoy a guided tour that takes you along the foothills and pine forests to the entrance of the vast underground complex of volcanic tunnels – the largest in Europe – created by lava flows from Pico Viejo.
Try the local tipple
Tenerife has a longstanding and intriguing history of wine production, with its volcanic soils and reliable climate allowing vineyards large and small to flourish, including those around Tacoronte, Tegueste, El Sauzal, San Cristóbal de La Laguna and La Orotava. Visit La Baranda, a traditional farmhouse in the north of the island, to discover more about wine production.